Kerber crushes Konta to book Olympic semi-final spot

By Ros Satar

  • Angelique Kerber [2] (GER) def. Johanna Konta [10] (GBR) 6-1 6-2
  • Konta teamed up with Jamie Murray for the Mixed Doubles, but lost in the first round to the USA paring of Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  • Next up Konta is scheduled for Cincinnati and New Haven ahead of the US Open
RIO DE JANERIO – Johanna Konta’s Olympics came to a halt on Thursday, first losing to World No. 2 Angelique Kerber, before she and Jamie Murray bowed out of the first round of the Mixed Doubles.


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It has been up and down for the British No. 1 who has soared into the World Top 20 building on consistency, and a calmness of approach, but at times the hard courts in Brazil have proved a challenge.

She showed grit and determination against the eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova to earn a quarter-final match-up with Kerber, who put Konta out of the Australian Open in the semi-final stage. Kerber, who had struggled at the start of the summer season with an elbow injury was very much in control from the outset.

Konta had to toil in the Rio sun from the start of the match, forced to save two break points before finally succumbing on the third to give Kerber an immediate advantage.

The German would go on to break her twice in a row at the end of the set to wrap up the first set in a minute shy of 30 minutes.

There were early green shoots of optimism as Konta broke Kerber at the start of the second set, but it was short lived. She demonstrated ably why she had won her maiden slam, and reached the final of Wimbledon this year alone by breaking Konta straight back, and doing it again for good measure.

It was enough to cause a shriek of frustration at one stage from the Brit, as she tried to get on terms, before being broken for a final time to send Kerber into the Olympic semi-final.

Joining forces with Australian Open doubles champion Murray did not bring any cheer, as the pair lost to the Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock in straight sets.

Konta is on the entry list for Cincinnati and New Haven, ahead of the US Open, where the Brit is defending fourth round points.